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The SEPRONA Civil Guard seizes 75 birds caught sneaking finches (06/08/2009)

August 6, 2009.

Service agents Nature Conservation (SEPRONA) of the Guardia Civil de Murcia, in "Operation Ring" developed in recent weeks have seized a total of 75 goldfinches (Carduelis carduelis), a species included in the group of finches birds on a farm in the town of Fortuna.

The specimens seized, valued in the illegal market could reach several thousand dollars, had no such rings or documentation of their lawful source, which demonstrates their poaching.

The offender, a member of a cultural wild bird society nationwide, had a permit issued by the General Directorate of Natural Heritage and Biodiversity in the Region of Murcia, which only enables him to catch 10 birds annually.

That fact was exploited for the offender to justify their catch in the wild in the case of being caught by law enforcement officers at the time of being carried out such activity, which continuously repeated until you have accumulated total confiscated birds.

The offender, who tried to free the animals to be aware of the presence of SEPRONA agents has been reported to the General Directorate of Natural Heritage and Biodiversity in the Region of Murcia, a body that will be sent the authorization had been granted for catching birds finches, which was withdrawn automatically by the official upon breach of the conditions set out therein.

The animals have been delivered to the recovery center for wildlife 'The Valley' of Murcia, for its return to the wild.

The investigations began last July, when the Guardia Civil detected in several places in the Region finch specimens of doubtful origin, lacking the required identification rings.

Eventually the investigation led to SEPRONA to existing facilities at the site of discovery, where the owner had previously held captive birds taken from the natural environment furtively for subsequent illegal sale at public facilities throughout the region.

The capture of wild finches birds for training the singing is a traditional cultural practice in the Region of Murcia, according to the rules of application, must be conducted under strictly controlled conditions and on a selective basis to ensure the conservation of species.

We used a system of banding and trapping licenses that only allow the capture of a limited number of copies.

The sale, transfer and trade of the species caught finches are strictly prohibited.

Source: Delegación del Gobierno

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